Good or bad?

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Good or bad?

Post by SylvreKat »

As I typed my reply to another post, it occurred to me that I should ask y'alles if I'm doing a good or bad thing in my practice habit.

I typically practice on my "good" flute, the Armstrong. It's not quite as responsive, and the keys are less springy and quick, and it just has never liked its lowest notes. Then a bit before I'm going to...well, for lack of a better word, perform the piece (I dislike calling my church playing "performances" as that really is NOT the point), I switch to the Yami. Then the notes just fly!

But--is this actually a bad way to rehearse? Or is is my thinking, that working up the song on the older slower flute makes it go so much easier on the newer better flute, correct?

(and let the opinions start!)

Flutes:1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel;1982 Armstrong 80;2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P;1982 Gemeinhardt 4S;1980s? Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199
Treble:2009 Guo New Voice

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Re: Good or bad?

Post by pied_piper »

I always practice on my good flute (Muramatsu). The other flutes I have a backups only and are exclusively used for that purpose. However, i have not had to use a backup flute for a performance in many years. The only time I pull them out and play them is just to check that they are in good working order in case I need one of them for an emergency.

I feel that it is optimal to practice on the instrument I will perform on.
"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."

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